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3RD LD: Blast at China mine kills 54, leaves 22 missing: Xinhua.

BEIJING, Dec. 8 Kyodo

(EDS: UPDATING)

Fifty-four people have been confirmed dead and 22 others remain missing following a blast Wednesday at a coal mine in northern China's Hebei Province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The blast occurred at 3:30 p.m. in Liuguantun Coal Mine in Kaiping District in the city of Tangshan, the report said.

A Xinhua reporter at the accident site in Liuguantun Colliery in Kaiping District of Tangshan verified that there were 186 miners working underground, when the blast occurred, the report said, adding rescuers have salvaged 110 miners from the exploded mine.

Upon receiving a report on the tragedy, the vice provincial governor, Fu Shuangjian, and leading officials with the provincial industrial safety watchdog rushed to the spot to direct rescue operations and organize an investigation into the accident, it said.
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